"Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it’s for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration … it’s important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon the leaders of tomorrow.
"While I understand there’s a LOT more to research than just Googling, it’s important to note that this is where nearly all students start their research. Therefore, it’s a critical skill if they’re going to start down the right paths.
"Below are 15 lesson plans courtesy of Google designed to make students better online researchers. They’re organized by difficulty and meant to help students (and everyone) become better online searchers."
If you are tired of looking for great alternatives to Prezi – look no further, because I have the ultimate comprehensive list of PowerPoint alternatives right here. No more boring presentations. With this list you can pick the perfect presentation tool or software for your presentation (be it on stage in-front of an audience or online for sharing). We tested these 10 different alternatives to Prezi and PowerPoint and summarized what we thought about each one.
Wish I knew the context of this photo or where it came from. Is it digitally altered? The photo was shared, but no original source given. Yes, the picture is worth more than a thousand words, and as a teacher I can see the possibilities of using this in the classroom after a study or refresher about the life of MLK. As a librarian, not knowing the source bothers me tremendously. I hope someone who reads this will add the missing information.
NAs quick and facile as searching the internet can be, there are ways to be even more efficient, more search-savvy. It's our responsibility to teach kids how to find and research information, how to judge its veracity, and when it's time to ask for a grownup's help.
Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as one may think. The Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher Infographic clarifies and explains some of the most important characteristics that a digitally competent teacher must have.
"The Reading Rainbow host spoke to a packed room on technology, the importance of fostering a love of reading, and more.
"During his 30-minute talk, Burton made four crucial points about education, technology, and the importance of fostering a love of reading in students. But you don't have to take our word for it — read on and find out."
"Russel Tarr, a teacher in France, has a Pinterest-like school tools board that rivals the stuff of legends and has earned high praisesfrom influential edublogger like Vicki Davis. His site, Classtools.net, has recommendations for free, low-tech tools from graphic organizers to video game makers."
Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. Click on an image to download the high-resolution version. New awesome pictures added weekly! All pictures were captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design and free of copyright restrictions.
"The Google Docs collection provides a streamlined, collaborative solution to writing papers, organizing presentations and putting together spreadsheets and reports. But besides the basic features, there are lots of little tricks and hacks you can use to make your Google Docs experience even more productive. Here are 100 great tips for using the documents, presentations and spreadsheets in Google Docs."
Book Trailers are an excellent way to communicate the excitement of reading while promoting new or favorite books. Digital book talks or digital storytelling are examples of 21st century information skills in practice.
Are you looking for some web tools to investigate this summer? Take a look at the 50 tech tools listed below to get started. If you click on the button, it will take you to the website or app. If there is a picture, you can click there to get an example of what some of the tools do.
Professional development used to mean one thing: inservice days. Oof. We sure have come a long way, haven’t we? Especially in the realm of connecting with other like-minded individuals around the globe. We’re no longer limited by what is offered geographically nearby, so we can get into what really interests us as educators, even if …
"Below is a handy visual you can share with your students to help them learn about how to critically judge online ( and offline) content. The information included in this visual is based on Google Safety resources as well as on an article I shared here a couple of years ago."
"It is the responsibility of all educators to model good digital citizenship for their students. Especially when it comes to copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property. The waters are murky. Not being familiar with online digital rights and responsibilities (hey, teachers did not grow up with the Internet being around), educators are wading through uncharted waters (hey, I did not know that I could not just google an image to use. If someone puts it up online it is free for the taking). That does not mean they can close their eyes and pretend life is the same or that the same rules apply to online versus offline use of copyrighted material with their students."
Around the turn of the 20th century—a golden age for libraries in America—the Snead Bookshelf Company of Louisville, Ky., developed a new system for large-stack library shelving. Snead’s multifloor stack systems can still be seen in many important libraries built in that era, for instance at Harvard, Columbia, the Vatican,...